Thailand cracks down on protests with emergency powers

15.10.2020 - Deutsche Welle

Thailand cracks down on protests with emergency powers
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The emergency decree restricts transport, publication of “sensitive news” and gives police and soldiers authority to resolve the “emergency situation.” The move follows anti-government protests in Bangkok.

Thailand’s prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, signed an emergency decree on Thursday, forbidding public gatherings of over five people and restricting transport.

The decree also bans the publication of “sensitive news” and gives police and soldiers authority to resolve the “emergency situation.”

Prayuth cited “aggression affecting the state’s stability” for the move, after anti-government protests escalated on Wednesday night.

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